Abakaliki, August 24, 2023 – The Ebonyi State Government has confirmed the reception of a substantial relief package from the federal government aimed at mitigating the impacts of the recent fuel subsidy removal. According to Jude Okpor, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, the state received N2 billion in funds and 3,000 bags of rice to aid in alleviating the economic challenges brought about by the policy change.
The announcement was made during a press briefing held by Commissioner Okpor in Abakaliki on Thursday, following the conclusion of the weekly State Executive Council meeting. Governor Francis Nwifuru conveyed the news of the relief package during the meeting and took subsequent actions to ensure its equitable distribution.
To facilitate this process, a 10-member committee was formed, led by Governor Nwifuru himself and assisted by the deputy governor. Distinguished individuals, including the Secretary to the State Government, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, and the Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council, were also appointed as committee members.
As part of the relief measures, the state government has approved the allocation of N2 million each to 1,500 state residents who are engaged in street vending and other menial occupations, both within Ebonyi State and in various other regions of the country. This move is expected to provide direct assistance to those who have been directly affected by the changes in the fuel subsidy policy.
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The relief package stands as a significant effort by the federal and state governments to address the challenges arising from the fuel subsidy removal. The cooperative approach, as evidenced by the establishment of the distribution committee, underscores the commitment of Ebonyi State to ensuring that the benefits of the relief package reach those who need them the most.
“The state executive council had directed the commissioners for skills development, commerce, and industry to visit major cities of the country and identify citizens engaged in street hawking and other menial jobs.
“The programme will cost the state over N3 billion and will be implemented in three phases of 500 beneficiaries in each phase.
“The training and subsequent empowerment of the first 500 beneficiaries will commence as soon as all the necessary frameworks are in place,” he said.
“The state executive council also directed that all issues surrounding the pension payment to some beneficiaries be resolved immediately.
“This magnanimous gesture of the governor is aimed at ameliorating the suffering of our senior citizens and serve as a morale booster to workers who are still in service,” he said.